What Is Collagen Stimulating Treatment?
The secret to having radiant and healthy skin is no more a secret. If you are struggling with wrinkled, dull, and dry skin, it’s probably because of the lack of collagen in your skin. As you age with time, the natural ability of your skin to produce collagen reduces and there’s no way to stop it permanently. All you can do is improve the collagen levels of your skin through some collagen stimulating treatments known as Collagen Stimulation Therapy (CST). It’s a way to enhance collagen and elastin in your skin through several procedures.
So, what’s so big with Collagen? Well, it encourages the regeneration of cells that replaces the dead skin cells and minimizes the formation of wrinkles. What’s the result? More plumper and youthful skin! There are several treatments to boost collagen levels in the body but Collagen Treatments are much more serious and designed for those who need serious results.
The fundamental idea behind using a collagen treatment for the face is to make the skin problems better, such as sun damage, stretch marks, wrinkles, acne scarring, etc. In 1997 it was first introduced as a substitute for many skin-damaging treatments.
Before that, professionals used to rely on aggressive lasers and peels to deal with skin issues which also cause fatal side effects in the long term. Gradually, the demand for natural collagen stimulation rose over the course of time, and as a result of this, Collagen Stimulation Therapy came into being.
There come several situations in your life, especially after your 30s, when you will long for the glow of your skin such as while applying makeup for a party with friends or while getting decked up for your wedding day. You may look at the mirror and wonder if your skin could have been more tightened and glowing.
The best collagen stimulating treatments can be performed anywhere on your face after a detailed consultation with your professional. The dermatologist will guide you about the procedures of the treatment including precautions, after-treatment care, side effects, etc.
Benefits Of Collagen Stimulating Treatments
Collagen is made of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and amino acids. They develop connective tissues and ensure the faster renewal of cells. During your youth, collagen makes up 1/3rd of the proteins in your body. When the decrease in the production of natural collagen starts to become prominent in your late 20s, the need of Collagen Stimulating Treatments can be understood.
The two best parts of collagen stimulation therapy are its versatility and accessibility. Plus, it’s suitable for every skin type and for all age groups. There are so many benefits associated with this unique non-surgical treatment. Below are some of the most liked ones:
Increased Production Of Collagen
The name, Collagen Stimulating Treatment suggests itself. It has a significant impact on the collagen levels in the skin. Of course, the targeted impact is on the long-term aging signs – wrinkles and fine lines. By the time, we reach 30; we lose 1% natural collagen storage each year.
Collagen loss isn’t characterized by wrinkles and fine lines. It can also cause sag in the skin producing an overall aging effect. Collagen Stimulating Treatments can combat these losses quite effectively.
Reduced Appearance Of Fine Lines And Wrinkles
The development of wrinkles and fine lines on the face are key concerns of the majority of people above 25 years of age. Not only women, but men these days are now also becoming over-conscious regarding these imperfections.
Collagen Stimulating Treatments are the perfect remedies to make you get rid of such situations. The treatment enhances elastin and collagen production which increases the production of new skin cells. Conditions such as frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet can be improved with collagen boosting treatments.
Fast Fading For Stretch marks and marks of acne scars
Stretch marks and scar marks can be too stubborn to remove at times. All of you can relate to this, a face full of spots, scars, and dark patches not only affect your appearance but also lowers your self-confidence amidst a crowd. Collagen stimulation therapy has got your back in this regard.
These treatments offer faster, visible results while reducing the visibility of these marks. Even after a single treatment session, you will start noticing the difference. It’s because collagen’s plumping effects fade out the scars.
Smoother and Plumped Skin
Due to the enhanced production of collagen by collagen stimulating treatments, the skin becomes more hydrated leaving and plumped effect. Over time, your appearance becomes more refined and your skin gets a natural radiance.
In addition, as the collagen levels increase, the depressed and dull skin around the enlarged pores becomes plumped, thereby lessening their appearance. The texture of the skin becomes smooth due to a decrease in the size of the pores and associated issues like blackheads, whiteheads, acne spots, pimples, scar marks, etc.
Best Collagen Stimulating Treatments Procedures
Are you dealing with dull, dry, and wrinkled skin right now but looking for glowing, hydrated youthful skin? It happens to all after the age of 20 – the cells producing collagen, and fibroblasts, disappear and become less active.
What’s the result? The skin gets thinner with wrinkles, visible lines, and several other flaws. Collagen Stimulating Treatments are all about harvesting the natural healing powers of the skin and tricking the body to produce collagen. There is a range of treatments to kick start the fibroblasts to plump the skin producing more collagen.
The more collagen is produced, the more lines and wrinkles fade. Overall, this boosts the elasticity of the skin. There is a myriad of ways to lower the rate of collagen loss. It’s the sun that is the number 1 culprit for damaging collagen production at an early age. Although there are some natural ways to prevent collagen loss, professional collagen treatments are found to be more viable solutions.
A well-known and effective treatment for all is ‘microneedling’, simply called collagen induction therapy. Under this collagen stimulating treatment, new collagen is produced to rejuvenate the skin and make it healthier. This is also the most preferred treatment because while supplementing collagen production, it also tightens the skin and improves its texture.
This microneedling treatment is done with intricate methods to intentionally produce small scars or injuries on the top layer of skin using the smallest or micro-fine needles. This tricks the body to get into healing mode and starts producing healthy collagen to recover the scars or injuries. The micro-fine needles are pricked with a device in the skin up to a controlled depth due to which it does not cause much pain.
Along with collagen production, the body also triggers the production of elastin by the skin under this treatment. It happens because the fibroblast which creates the elastin grows. This results in an increase in the elasticity and firmness of the skin.
The procedure of microneedling is quite fast as it takes only 20 minutes. Besides, with the use of a numbing cream (prescribed by a skin physician), the process becomes painless. This minimally invasive and painless treatment is proven to have reduced collagen loss in many besides improving the health of their skin. So, if you need an absolute solution to minimize your collagen loss, this treatment can assure you. For best results, you need to take the treatment every month for nearly 4-6 months and then follow up treatments at 2-3 month intervals to maintain the higher collagen levels.
Sculptra, a dermal filler that is theoretically known as the injectable Poly-L-lactic acid is highly useful for stimulating the natural collagen in the body. As one of the best collagen-boosting facial treatments, it prevents the skin aging problems like wrinkles and scars. This is a subtle injectable treatment that works slowly but is no doubt effective because it increases your facial volume by repairing the inner layers of the skin.
The treatment will immediately give volume to your face after the filler is injected. However, the complete result of this treatment which is an overall improvement in skin health is visible after a long time because the body absorbs the filler gradually. Hence, it boosts collagen production over time, giving you a healthy face just like before.
Sculptra is also a minimally invasive treatment used for preventing the loss of collagen. But, it is widely considered a revolutionary treatment for a number of reasons.
- Prevents the appearance of fine lines as well as wrinkles
- Enhances the facial volume instantly
- Maximizes the results in the long run and gives a natural-looking face
- Smoothens the texture of the skin
- Minimally invasive with no downtime (i.e. one can get back to normal life as soon the treatment is done)
- Gives a youthful look by filling in the contours of the face
This treatment is most convenient today because it takes merely half an hour. So, anyone can take time out of their busy schedule, get this treatment, and see the results in time.
3. Laser Treatment
Laser treatment or therapy is a popular and safe way to prevent the loss of collagen. This treatment uses microbeams of laser light to resurface the skin. When the non-ablative light penetrates into the skin, it induces the fibroblasts to produce natural collagen.
In other words, laser treatment causes a non-painful thermal injury in the skin which leads to the formation of fresh and healthier tissues. As a result, the skin shows great signs of improvement such as a reduction of scars, fewer stretch marks or wrinkles, and fewer pigmentation irregularities. You can also see an enhancement in the complexion of your skin.
For this treatment, it is essential to choose a reliable skincare professional who can assure maximum benefits. The results of the treatment also last long. It will gradually fade out with time along with the natural aging process and continued exposure to the sun.
Laser treatment is one of the best collagen-stimulating scar treatments because it replenishes the structure of the skin by boosting the growth of the core elements i.e. elastin, melanin, and collagen.
Apart from these treatments, there are various lifestyle choices that can also help you prevent the loss of collagen such as reducing exposure to sun and pollution, quitting smoking, and staying hydrated.
4. Thread Lifts
Thread lift is a cosmetic procedure offering an alternative to facelift surgery. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that tightens your skin by inserting a medically sterilized threaded material into your face and tightening the thread to pull the skin up.
Also known as a barbed suture lift, this procedure lifts and sculpts the shape of your face by improving the sagging, wrinkled skin by regenerating collagen production. Once the barbed thread is inserted in your skin, the natural healing procedure of your body is triggered. So even if your skin is not injured by the threads, your body stimulates collagen production in the affected area by detecting a suture material.
The targeted areas for a thread lift are mainly jowls and jawline, under-eye area, brow line, forehead, cheeks, etc. It’s a low-risk collaging boosting treatment with minimal recovery time. The complications you might face are minor including swelling, bruising, slight pain, and bleeding. Allergic reactions may also happen due to the ingredients present in the threading material – your dermatologist will guide you in case this happens.
The recovery period after a successful thread lift session is quite normal. You will start noticing the results a few weeks or 2 months after the threads are inserted when the bruising or swelling starts to subside.
Radiofrequency therapy (RF), also known as radiofrequency skin tightening, is a non-surgical collagen stimulating treatment intended to tighten your skin. The procedure involves using energy waves to heat the deep underlying layer of your skin known as Dermis. This heat in turn stimulates the production of collagen.
As you age, your skin laxity occurs around the age 35-40 when the quality and the quantity of your skin start to decline. RF therapy works through systems like Exilis, Profound RF, Thermage, Thermi, etc. Each of these works more or less in the same way. RF waves heat up the deep layer of your skin to between 50 degrees to 75 degree Celsius.
These waves are a type of radiation that releases energy in the form of electromagnetic waves. Depending on the amount of energy released, RF waves are considered low energy. The primary benefit of RF therapy is improving the production of collagen and tightening your skin.
Other than this, RF therapy also helps in fighting sun damage by stimulating collagen synthesis in the body. Exposure to the sun gives rise to dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles which loosens and disorganizes the skin as well. This collagen stimulating treatment contours the skin pretty well and makes them organized.
6. Ingestible Collagen
The ingestible collagen supplements belong to a class called nutraceuticals available in a wide range of formulations like proteins, peptides, or hydrolysate. Hydrolyzed collagen is the most popular form since it has a high water solubility and lower molecular weight. This means it can be dissolved in food and drinks quickly.
The most common form of ingestible collagen is found in the powder form that can be added to a smoothie or a coffee. They are also available in capsules, gummies, meal replacement bars, protein powders, and in water-soluble effervescent tablets.
When it comes to the fact whether intaking oral collagen supplements work, the answer is it does work; however, it’s necessary to have a consultation with your dermatologist regarding the same. The best part is that collagen supplements are safe to consume without any fear of side effect
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In addition, apart from boosting the collagen levels of your body, the collagen stimulating supplements increases the hyaluronic acid content thereby making the skin hydrated. Hydrated skin improves the appearance, of wrinkles, sagginess, as well as skin laxity.
7. Retinol and Other Carotenoids
Carotenoids such as beta carotene, and retinol are the derivatives of Vitamin A that boost skin health. Topical Retinoids protect the skin from the harmful UV rays which are responsible for breaking down the collagen. You will find an ample amount of Vitamin A from the food sources such as sweet potatoes, beef liver, spinach, pumpkin, carrots, etc.
There are also retinol-rich lotions or creams that may help in improving the texture of the skin. To be specific, retinol stimulates the fibroblasts that help in producing collagen fibers. It, therefore, enhances skin elasticity, removes the degenerated elastin fibers, and promotes angiogenesis.
They also boost the production of new blood vessels in the skin, therefore improving the skin tone and fighting dark spots.
8. Antioxidants And Vitamin C
Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. These are the molecules that your body synthesizes during metabolism. There are a number of antioxidants that rejuvenates the skin and protects its texture, organization, and structure by promoting collagen production.
Foods and drinks like blueberries, yerba mate, mulberry extracts, coffee extracts, astragalus, licorice extract, green tea, pomegranate extract, basil, cinnamon, thyme essential oils, etc., contain antioxidants that may benefit the skin. Foods rich in vitamin C like Strawberries, Brussels Sprouts, and Broccoli can also increase the collagen levels, and hyaluronic acid levels in the body.
The more you include these foods in your diet, the higher will be the secretion of collagen resulting a glowing, dewy, and younger skin.
Collagen is produced naturally in the body which keeps the skin smooth and elastic. However, with aging, the body’s capability to produce collagen significantly lowers leading to wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess, sun damage, etc. Collagen Stimulating treatments are the best procedures to reduce these symptoms and retain your youth.
Scar Healing Institute provides the best collagen stimulating treatments in the USA. It’s an industry leader providing high-quality treatment facilities to improve wrinkled skin and slow down aging. We have the most experienced professional dermatologists who carry out the procedures in a safe and secure way. If you are facing aging symptoms due to loss of collagen, get in touch with us and consult with our specialist to learn more about the treatments.
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